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Introduction

Since the International Year of Disabled Persons in 1981, persons with disabilities have organized themselves into their own organizations all over the world, these organizations are sometimes called Disabled People's Organizations or DPOs. DPO's are those controlled by a majority of persons with disabilities (51%) at the board and membership levels. The role of these organizations includes providing a voice of their own, identifying needs, expressing views on priorities, evaluating services and advocating change and public awareness. Some Organizations also provide or sell equipment.

DPOs believe that persons with disabilities are their own best spokespersons and their role has been and is fundamental for the human rights movement of persons with disabilities. There are a variety of different types of disability groups that have there own organizations & these include persons with Mobility Impairments.

Types Of Disability Organizations In South Africa

There are a wide range of advocacy and self-help organization which exist in South Africa. They include organizations such as the overtly political Disabled People South Africa, aligned with the ruling African National Congress, the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), as well as single-issue national organizations such as the QuadPara Association of South Africa and Sports Organizations such as SASAPD to name just a few.

There are 3 main types of Disability organizations in South Africa:

  1. Cross-disability organizations, such as the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), which represents the interests of all persons with disabilities in South Africa.
  2. Diagnostic-focused organizations, such as the QuadPara Association of South Africa, which represents a medical diagnostic group, such as Quadriplegics and Paraplegics.
  3. Population-specific organizations, such as Disabled Women South Africa, which represent a population group, such as Women with disabilities.

1. Cross Disability Organizations

Cross-disability organizations represent the interests of all persons with disabilities in South Africa, and include the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD).

National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD)

The NCPD is a NGO with a footprint throughout South Africa that plays a lobbying & advocacy role when it comes to the rights of persons with disabilities. "We're an umbrella body coordinating the advancement of the rights of persons with physical disabilities in accordance with the White Paper on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and more. We have nine provincial Associations for Persons with Disabilities with numerous projects and branches that focus on rural development as well as social."NCPD

The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities does advocacy work and services leading to an equitable and inclusive society. "We are affiliated to the South African Disability Alliance, as well as Rehabilitation International. Our programmes cover the whole of South Africa."

Services

The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities offer a wide variety of different Services, which include:

Workplace Policy & Disability Equity Training: The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities offers Disability Equality Training courses to address the need for information about the reality of disability. Training is tailor made for every sector, including: Tourism, Tertiary Education, Banking, Mining and more. Through training they will find ways to challenge the organizational behavior which reinforces negative myths and values and which prevents disabled people from gaining equality and achieving full participation in society. Training is done by an expert well trained team of persons with disabilities.

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Beach Permits: The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities in partnership with the Department of Environmental Services, offers persons with severe physical Mobility Impairments the opportunity to gain access to certain beaches, by obtaining a permit from DEAT.

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Job Placement & Skills Development: The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities have programs in place that aid persons with disabilities, to find jobs & acquire skills that they my need in the workplace. "We offer BBBEE advice and services related to persons with disabilities, including: Job placement, Skills development, Preferential procurement, Ownership and supply chain development."

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Motor Vehicle Importation Rebate: The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities can assist you to apply for a Rebate on a new vehicle that has been imported and has been or will be adapted to suite you and your disability.

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Universal Design & Access: Persons with disabilities are often excluded from many Events, Services, Information, Communication, Products and Venues, due to all users not considered during the planning phases. The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities can assist to prevent this from happening by applying Universal Design Principals during the design phase.

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Parking Discs: The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities can also supply information and assist with registering and applying for a Disabled Parking Disk, so that you will be able to park in a Disabled Parking space if you qualify.

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Other Services: The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities can also supply information and assist with a variety of other Services, including: Audits; Work placements and reasonable accommodation; Internships and training; Entrepreneurs with disabilities; Disability information and children’s programmes; Fund Raising and Referrals of persons with disabilities needing our services. Contact us for more information on: Tel: +27 11 452 2774 or Email: edwina@ncpd.org.za or read the article below about the Fund Raising Partnerships that the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities are involved in.

Fund Raising PartnershipsCasual Day

The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities organize and run a number of fun raising projects to help raise funds including "Casual Day" and the "Nappy Run": ( Click image on the right to enlarge. )

"Casual Day: is South Africa’s leading fundraising & awareness campaign for persons with disabilities and is the flagship project of the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD). Casual Day was launched in 1995 and is an awareness and fundraising campaign benefiting persons with disabilities. Each year on the first Friday of September, South Africans are encouraged to go to work or school dressed differently and to wear the official Casual Day sticker to show their support for persons with disabilities."

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"Nappy Run: is a 5km Fun Run which takes place at the Joburg Zoo every year coinciding with National Children’s Day, the purpose of the Nappy Run™ campaign is to educate the public on the violation of rights of our country’s most marginalized and vulnerable group of people – children with disabilities and to appeal to the public for online donations which go towards the purchase of nappies for children with disabilities.

The event is organised by the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD) and forms part of the NCPD’s observation of South Africa’s Disability Rights Awareness Month (DRAM) in November. The Nappy Run campaign runs until 3 December to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), while DRAM also culminates on that same day. For more information about the Nappy Run™ fun run, or to make a donation, visit www.nappyrun.org.za, or find them on Facebook - @Nappyrun.sa | Instagram - @Nappyrun.sa |Twitter - @NappyRun. Alternatively, email them on: info@nappyrun.org.za."

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2. Diagnostic Focused Organizations

Diagnostic-focused organizations, such as the QuadPara Association of South Africa represent a medical diagnostic group, such as Quadriplegics and Paraplegics.

QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA)

"QASA is a co-ordinating, policy-making, governing and supporting organisation, which was established in 1978. QASA has subsequently devised a strategy and business plan including access issues, education & skills development, rehabilitation, advocacy and lobbying, and awareness raising.QuadPara logo

QASA’s function is to serve quadriplegics, paraplegics and the disability sector in general. The organisation aims to assist people with Mobility Impairments to lead independent lives with a decent standard of living, in areas ranging from personal care and assistive devices to adequate skills development and employment. The Association strives to prevent spinal cord injury, as well as to protect and promote the interests of people with Mobility Impairments by formulating a national policy and strategy, to develop and ensure the full potential and quality of their lives."

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Services

QASA run a number of Projects and offer a number Services to it's members, such as:

  • Computer centres to provide IT training and employment support.
  • Assistance for people leaving hospital after sustaining spinal cord injuries, by providing them with useful information and products.
  • Education and Employment Support through learnerships and promoting small businesses owned by persons with disabilities.
  • Self Help Centres are homes where many persons with disabilities live. They are supported, financed and run by QASA and it's provincial organizations.
  • Safety programs to prevent disability, such as:
    • Buckle Up: "We Don’t Want New Members", is a road safety campaign aimed at getting motorists to use their seatbelts.
    • Diving Prevention Program: QASA produced a DVD warning of the dangers of diving, which is a major cause of spinal cord injury.

Provincial Organizations

QASA now has six regions and has provincial organizations within QASA, which are able to assist it's members in a particular province. An example of this is Quadriplegic Association of the Western Cape (QAWC), which are associated with the QuadPara Association of South Africa and assist its members in the Western Cape.

Quadriplegic Association of the Western Cape

The QuadPara Association of the Western Cape (QAWC) is a non-profit organisation which represents quadriplegics and paraplegics in the Western Cape. Any person may become a member of the organisation and the QAWC membership is drawn from various diverse areas across the Western Cape. The organisation is managed by a management committee and has two representatives on the management committee of the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA), under whose jurisdiction QAWC falls. In addition to this, QAWC has a working relationship with APD Western Cape, are represented on the executive committee of the Western Cape Network on Disability as well and on the facility board of the Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre, the hospital that caters specifically for wheelchair users.

QAWC strives to improve the lives of and fights for the rights of quadriplegics and paraplegics in the Western Cape. Through prevention and awareness campaigns, QAWC aims to prevent spinal cord injuries as well as educate the general public about the realities of living with a spinal cord injury. In addition to this QAWC also provide a number of other projects and services for quadriplegics and paraplegics in the Western Cape.

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3. Population Specific

Population-specific, such DPOs represent a population group, such as Disabled Women South Africa.

Disabled Women South Africa

Disabled Women South Africa is a mass women formation of DPSA, it promotes equalization of opportunities in all spheres of life for all disabled women. It champions the general interests and rights of Disabled women in socio-economic and political life of the country and promotes gender equality amongst the non-disabled and disabled people in general as well as the empowerment of disabled women.

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To find an organization that can assist you, visit our "Organization" Search Facility on the following link: http://disabilityinfosa.co.za/search-for-info/disability-organizations/

Sports Organizations

There are also a wide variety of Sports Organizations, including:

  1. International organizations such as the International Paralympic Committee
  2. National sports organizations that govern abeld bodied sports, as well as some disability sports, such as The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC).
  3. South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled (SASAPD), which govern some physically disabled sports.
  4. Provincial Sports organizations, such as The Free State Sport Association for the Physically Disabled & Visually Impaired.
  5. Sports Club Organizations, which offer either a single or a variety of sports in a particular province or city in South Africa.

1. International Paralympic CommitteeInternational Paralympic Committee

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) is the global governing body of the Paralympic Movement. Its purpose is to organise the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games and act as the International Federation for ten sports, supervising and coordinating World Championships and other competitions.

The vision of the IPC, run by 200 members, is ‘To enable Para athletes to achieve sporting excellence and inspire and excite the world.’

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2. The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC)

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) is the National Olympic Committee (NOC) and National Paralympic Committee (NPC) for South Africa, and are the responsible body for South Africa at the CommonwealthSASCOC Games. SASCOC is also responsible for high-performance sport in the country and coordinates the relationship with various international sports federations. They not only help look after all our various National Federations who are affiliated to them, but are also responsible for awarding National Protea Colours to athletes who have met the criteria to represent South Africa in different sporting codes, including:

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3. The South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled (SASAPD)

 The South African Sports Association for Physically Disabled ( SASAPD) was establishedSouth Africa Sport for Physically Disabled in 1962 and focuses on the development and promotion of the sporting codes offered at Paralympic level for athletes with Physical Disabilities, Visual Impairments and blindness.

They offer pathways for qualification towards Paralympic Games across a variety of sports, through their affiliations with international bodies such as: IBSA, IWAS, CPISRA and The Nedbank National Championships for Physically Disabled. They also work and are an affiliate member of SASCOC as well as being associated members of a number of other national sporting federations.

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4. Provincial Sports Associations

There are also many Provincial Sports Associations that govern a variety sports in a particular province in South Africa, such as The Free State Sport Association for the Physically Disabled & Visually Impaired. 

The Free State Sport Association for the Physically Disabled and Visually Impaired: have a sound understanding and passion to build character through sport. "Our executive has years of experience working with the disabled in sport and other social environments. We have an in-depth understanding of our sport codes and the special classification criteria that is associated with each code."

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5. Sports Club OrganizationsDifferently Abled Cricket Club

Some Sports Club Organizations are also available and offer either a single or a variety of sports in a particular province or city in South Africa, these clubs may include "Disabled" and Abled Body athletes or just "Disabled" athletes. There are a variety of these clubs in South Africa, including:

The Differently Abled Cricket Club: which is an open cricket club for the differently abled cricket players, which includes the Blind, Deaf, Intellectually Impaired (SID and MID) and Physically Disabled. We are the only club of this kind in South Africa and we would like to make it our goal in getting other regions to follow suit! 

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To find a Sports Organization or Club that can assist you, visit our "Activities, Sports Organizations & Clubs" Search Facility on the following link: http://disabilityinfosa.co.za/search-for-info/sports-clubs-organizations/ or visit our "Sport for Mobility Impaired" to find out more about the sports that are available for you.

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References

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The QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA)

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